Today, Governor Rick Snyder finally testified before Congress to answer questions about his role in the Flint water crisis. Members of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform were eager to tear into Snyder; so were people following along on Twitter.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) best summed up Snyder’s involvement in his opening statement: “There is no doubt in my mind that if a corporate CEO did what Governor Snyder’s administration has done, he would be hauled up on criminal charges.”
Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) did not hold back either: “Plausible deniability only works when it’s plausible, and I’m not buying any of this that you didn’t know until October 2015,” said Cartwright. “You were not in a medically induced coma for a year.”
While Governor Snyder claimed to (finally) be taking action, several members of the committee called for his resignation, along with that of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who also testified today.
Here are our favorite Twitter responses that capture how this hearing took Governor Snyder to task. After you check them out, use your voice to demand that the Department of Justice criminally investigate Snyder and hold him accountable for his role in the Flint Water Crisis.
— nayyirah shariff (@nayyirahshariff) March 17, 2016
— Josh Cohen ® (@CohenJC) March 17, 2016
Gov. Snyder: "I'm going to have to live with this my entire life."
Rep. Cummings snaps back: It's Flint children who have this for life.
— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) March 17, 2016
— Flint Rising (@FlintRising) March 17, 2016
— Amy Harder (@AmyAHarder) March 17, 2016
Rep. Boyle: Your admin said water safe was over and over - it wasn't. Don't you have moral responsibility to resign? #FlintWaterCrisis
— Progress Michigan (@ProgressMich) March 17, 2016
— Mary Grant (@MaryGrant_Water) March 17, 2016
— Detroit Free Press (@freep) March 17, 2016
Rep. Connolly to Snyder: "This is a failure of a philosophy of governance that you advocated. You ignored the residents of Flint."
— Motor City Muckraker (@MCmuckraker) March 17, 2016
— Flint Gate (@FlintGate) March 17, 2016